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University of Akron's Art Bomb Brigade to unveil its second mural at Chill
The Art Bomb Brigade, a community arts program run by the University of Akron's Myer's School of Art, will unveil its second mural at Chill, Akron's gourmet ice cream shop. AKRON, Ohio -- The University of Akron's Art Bomb Brigade is putting the finishing touches on an ultra contemporary mural at Chill, Akron's new gourmet ice cream shop. The work will be unveiled Sunday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. during the Akron Farm and Flea Market at 51 East Market and Maiden Lane in Akron. The market runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features music by local musicians ZACH and the Fourons. Local food, fare and craft vendors will also be available. The Chill mural is being painted by university alumni artists Rosa Maille, Matt Miller, David Pluck, Leah Prischak, Francisca Ugalde and Ryan Weiss. The artists are working with the illustrator and skateboarder, Jay Croft, an Akron native. Croft is a longtime zine creator, blogger, painter and designer, as well as the visual merchandiser for VANS "OFF THE WALL" shoes. "Art Bomb works to bring together Akronites, teachers, artist, and community organizations to create positive change in our city," said Art Bomb director and university associate professor of art education, Elisa Gargarella, in a news release. "Art Bomb serves as a model to the region for how public art can transform communities into more sustainable, more creative, more economically rich and more culturally engaged places to live and work." Art Bomb is a community arts program run by the university's Myers School of Art. The group was awarded a 2016 Knight Arts Challenge to impact the community through murals created by art students, university alumni and local artists. Art Bomb's first major mural was created at the Downtown Akron Laundromat on South Main Street this past summer.
4 points by The Plain Dealer | Art Visual arts Arts Music Ohio Local food University of Akron
Akron's Lock 3 to host Patriot Day honoring 15th anniversary of 9/11
On Sunday, Sept.11, Akron will host the 15th anniversary remembrance of 9/11 in partnership with the Akron Police and Akron Fire Departments, the FirstEnergy Foundation and the Love Akron Network. The program will take place at at Lock 3 from 1- 4 p.m.. Lock 3 Live  AKRON, Ohio -- Akron will host the 15th anniversary remembrance of 9/11 on Sunday in partnership with the Akron Police and Akron Fire Departments, the FirstEnergy Foundation and the Love Akron Network. The program will take place at Lock 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. This free event to honor safety forces will include a special commemoration starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Lock 3 Stage.  The first 1,000 attendees will receive a free hot dog, chips and a drink. Family friendly entertainment will include Touch-A-Truck, inflatables, exhibitors and more. Kent State University Executive Director of Media Relations, Eric Mansfield, will serve as the program MC. Information about the City of Akron Patriot Day event can be found at
7 points by The Plain Dealer | Ohio Kent State University Mid-American Conference University of Akron Greater Cleveland Canton Ohio Kent Ohio Youngstown State University
Scarborough's University of Akron Corps of Cadets program attracts 14 students
Few University of Akron students are interested in the Corps of Cadets, touted as a career-focused program with a military flavor, has not drawn students. AKRON, Ohio - Few University of Akron students are interested in the Corps of Cadets, touted as a career-focused program with a military flavor. The student organization and a Leadership Academy were announced with great fanfare by former President Scott Scarborough in June 2015 as part of his efforts to reposition the university as Ohio's Polytechnic University. "Corps members will learn how to lead teams, manage time, plan a career, build and strengthen an organization, and lead a life of personal decorum," the website says. Last year 14 students participates in the Corps of Cadets, which does not require a military commitment, officials said. Eleven returned this year and three new members joined. In contrast participation in the Army ROTC program has grown from 89 members in fall 2012 to 119 this fall. Scarborough resigned May 31 and UA dropped its branding as a polytechnic university. Other initiatives Scarborough supported, including success coaches, have been dropped.  What was proposed? The Corps of Cadets, the only one of its kind in Ohio, was to feature dedicated on-campus student housing, a student honor code, and medals, decorations, promotions and awards. Members would wear uniforms and march with the UA Marching Band. A Glee Club was to be formed in 2016 to perform at various university events. Corps of Cadets members would be eligible for up to $2,000 in annual scholarships. The corresponding Leadership Academy was to include programs and academic courses from the ROTC Leadership Series and the Institute for Leadership Advancement offered through UA's College of Business Administration. Working in conjunction with the faculty in various colleges, a leadership minor and leadership certificates were to be developed. What has occurred? There is no dedicated housing. The corps has a living-learning center in conjunction with the ROTC program. Members have uniforms and follow an honor code. Medals, decorations, promotions and awards are being developed. A seal, Facebook page and Twitter account were established. The Corps of Cadets marched on with the band at three football games last year. It is expected to march at the Military Appreciation football game on Oct. 15 Cadets conduct leadership classes and meetings each week. They led physical training three times a week and planned three service projects. A glee club was planned as a long-term option. The scholarships were to start this academic year. Officials are evaluating scholarship eligibility. No funding was allocated to establish the Leadership Academy, according to Bradley Harvey, the director of UA's military/veteran student programs.
27 points by The Plain Dealer | Reserve Officers' Training Corps Ohio Student Akron Ohio University of Akron University Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps Management
University of Akron to sell president's house after nearly $1 million in work
The University of Akron plans to sell the mansion the school spent nearly $1 million renovating and furnishing for its former president. AKRON, Ohio - The University of Akron plans to sell the mansion the school spent nearly $1 million renovating and furnishing for its former president. Trustees on Wednesday authorized administrators to seek legislative approval to sell the university-owned residence. Approval is needed because the deed is in the name of the state of Ohio. The 7,600-square-foot home, with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, two half-baths and a four-car garage, has been vacant since former President Scott Scarborough moved out in the fall. Scarborough resigned last May. In October, when Matthew Wilson was named president, the former dean of UA's law school decided to remain in his own home. At that time the university said it had no specific plans for the mansion. The university had required its president to live in a university-owned residence, officials said. Wilson and the board agreed that Wilson would not live in the home or be provided with a housing allowance. The school bought home, on Burning Tree Drive in Akron, and a neighboring lot for $850,000 in 1998 when Luis Proenza arrived as president. Little had been done to the home during Proenza's tenure but faculty, students and staff were angered when they learned that renovating and furnishing the home for Scarborough cost $950,000. The university on Wednesday broke down the expenditures: $375,000 came from non-public donated funds resulting from the sale of previous university residences given to the UA Foundation by donors and restricted for a residence. $141,000 for furnishings, fixtures and equipment came from private donations. $167,645 in already budgeted labor costs for university employees. $268,179 for outside labor, materials and furniture. The planter referred to by interior decorators as an "olive jar." University of Akron  A $556 olive jar in Scarborough's bedroom became a flashpoint for students and employees upset at the cost of renovations at a time when 161 employees lost their jobs. "To my knowledge, the purchased items and furniture (including the large planter that is referred to as an "olive jar") remain University property and are still in the residence," spokesman Wayne Hill said in an email. "Disposition of them will be considered as part of the overall sale process, assuming the legislative approval is obtained."
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30 University of Akron volunteers discover ancestry in 'Rethinking Race'
Thirty University of Akron volunteers have learned their ethnic mix following DNA testing, which may have changed views on race, officials said AKRON, Ohio - Thirty University of Akron volunteers have learned their ethnic mix following DNA testing, which may have changed views on race, officials said. The results will be revealed Thursday night as part of UA's annual "Rethinking Race" series. This is the 10th year of UA's Rethinking Race, a two-week forum of events that focuses on opening dialogue around race and race-related issues., which offers DNA testing and ancestry resources for a fee, contacted the university to offer free DNA tests and interviews, said UA spokeswoman Lisa Craig. Heather Pollock, an anthropology and classical studies lecturer, took the lead on the DNA project and recruited 30 students, faculty, staff and President Matthew Wilson, Craig said. The project was designed to challenge people to explore their own narrative about race, the university said. It would explore questions such as: What we can tell from how we look? What can we tell from what science tells us? What narrative can we tell ourselves and others that could be more inclusive when we talk about race? The tests were done about four weeks ago and the volunteers learned the results about 10 days ago. Their reactions were videotaped and will be revealed on Thursday. The university released a short video of volunteers describing their ethnicity and then reacting to the results. The full results will be revealed from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Gardner Theatre, second floor of the Student Union, 303 Carroll St.  The discussion is open to the public. The university will release results and a video on Friday.
3 points by The Plain Dealer | Ethnic group University Thomas Jefferson Ohio Race University of Akron Akron Ohio Student
Akron man shot in leg during attempted robbery, report says
An unidentified man shot a 45-year-old man in the leg during an attempted robbery Friday in Akron, police said. AKRON, Ohio -- An unidentified man shot a 45-year-old man in the leg during an attempted robbery late Friday in Akron, police said. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting that happened just before midnight on East Market Street near Innovation Way, according to a police report. The victim was walking to a friend's house when a man approached him and asked for a cigarette lighter. The man then pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim's wallet, the report says. The victim refused to hand over his wallet and ran off. The man fired a shot that hit the victim's right leg, the report says. Paramedics took the victim to Summa Akron City Hospital for treatment. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Akron Police Department's detective bureau at 330-375-2490. If you'd like to comment on this story, visit Monday's crime and courts comments section.
13 points by The Plain Dealer | Crime Police Ohio Akron Ohio Smoking Detective University of Akron Firearm
Akron wants to grow from 198,000 residents to 250,000 by 2050: Here's how
In the works for more than a year, the city's Planning to Grow Akron report takes a comprehensive look at Akron's overall residential housing scenario and recommends strategies to fuel private investment in Akron neighborhoods to ultimately boost population. The goal? To make downtown a residential neighborhood and grow to 250,000 residents citywide by 2050. Watch video AKRON, Ohio -- Akron wants to buck the trend of "shrinking Rust Belt city," with a plan to build new homes and renovate downtown office buildings to boost the population to 250,000 by 2050. "A shrinking cities model of mothballing infrastructure and relocating residents will not serve us well," Director of Planning & Urban Development Jason Segedy writes in the Planning to Grow Akron report released Tuesday. "Instead of putting precious time, energy, and money into shrinking, let's build on our neighborhood assets, and figure out how to grow again." Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan spoke to in January about creating a residential tax abatement to lure new construction in the city of 198,000. Previous coverage: Akron plans to offer residential tax abatements for new houses But the plan goes way beyond that. Among the report's recommended strategies are: implementing city-wide residential property tax abatement on new housing development and rehabilitation crafting neighborhood-based plans with community input promoting downtown housing as an alternative to vacant office space increasing the utilization of the Summit County Land Bank for targeted acquisition and demolition modernizing the zoning code to encourage mixed-use development expediting the permitting process increasing the identification and marketing of historic areas and community assets to spur economic development. The strategies are intended to attract middle-income residents but benefit all Akronites, Horrigan stated in the release. New housing and renovated existing homes would mean a stronger tax base, which would support city services, boost revenues that would attract new businesses and, in turn, jobs. City officials hope to raise property values, draw more students to the University of Akron and and diffuse the cost of public improvements by spreading them out across a larger residential base. "Akron has valuable housing stock, quality infrastructure, and first-class amenities; but, like many urban communities, over the last several decades we have lost families to newer housing in the suburbs," Horrigan said in a news release. "Its time for us to be intentional about welcoming residents back into Akron by incentivizing private developers to rehabilitate existing housing and build new housing in the city that families want to live in." The city said Planning to Grow Akron will work with a Market Value Analysis being developed by the Reinvestment Fund and the Build in Akron report being prepared by the Greater Ohio Policy Center, both of which are expected out in the next couple months. Have you read the report? What do you think? Want more Akron news? Sign up for's Rubber City Daily newsletter, which delivers the city's top 10 news stories to your email at 5:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.
41 points by The Plain Dealer | Akron Ohio Ohio City Rust Belt University of Akron New York City
Ohio school recovers Holocaust survivors' recorded melodies
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Wire recordings of Holocaust survivors singing melodies at a refugee camp in France in 1946 have been heard for the first time in decades, thanks to university employees in Ohio who pieced together a device to…
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Ohio Akron Ohio University of Akron Refugee France Germany Mid-American Conference The Holocaust