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Tech Tuesday: The Rise Of Esports

Oct 6, 2020
Team GFG seen at the NBA 2K16 Road to the Finals championship event on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Los Angeles.
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Esports was already a growing prospect before the pandemic. Universities constructed esports arenas, organized varsity teams and began offering majors – and scholarships.

Performing Arts studies at the University of Akron took a major hit last month because of massive job cuts campus-wide. With the fall semester about the start, there are some changes afoot.

The University of Akron will rely primarily on remote learning this fall semester, with limited in-person sessions and reduced class sizes.

The university has offered training throughout the summer for faculty to prep for the transition, said interim Senior Vice Provost Joe Urgo. That includes recorded lectures and live presentations that will keep students engaged.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (left) and President Donald Trump (right).
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A new poll that shows President Donald Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in Ohio. It also reveals that Biden’s “strong” supporters here outnumber Trump’s, a snapshot of the state less than 100 days from an election that will determine whether Ohio continues its unmatched swing-state streak.

The coronavirus pandemic is making colleges and universities implement budget cuts, and that includes spending reductions for sports. Both Kent State and Akron have announced 20% cuts to their athletic budgets for the next fiscal year. That’s on top of half the money they were expecting from the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, which was canceled.

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At the top of the list for colleges and universities nationwide is keeping students safe and healthy in the midst of the coronavirus, but many parents are wondering if having their kids sent home will mean a refund for room and board.

Risman Plaza on the campus of Kent State University.
Kent State University

Kent State University and the University of Akron have announced starting Tuesday afternoon, all in-person classes will be moved online to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by the coronavirus. 

Miami University, the University of Toledo, the University of Akron, University of Cincinnati and other colleges around the state have similarly suspended face-to-face classes.

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at the Surf Ballroom, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Clear Lake, Iowa.
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Ohio’s primary is set for March 17 this year. In addition to the race for the White House, Democrats and Republicans will be choosing their respective party’s candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mourners march during the funeral of Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.
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One Ohio professor has a front-row seat to the U.S. conflict with Iran.

Gov. Mike DeWine, with Dean Christopher Peters of the University of Akron School of Law behind him, announces his expedited pardon process at Ohio State.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Gov. Mike DeWine says he wants to make it easier and quicker for people who have long-ago criminal convictions to be considered for pardons.

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The last seven Kmarts in Ohio are finally closing, which experts say should serve as a sign to other retailers about what they need to do to stay competitive.

Supporters packed a high school gymnasium to see President Trump on August 4, 2018.
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The Republican National Committee is putting a college twist on its grassroots voter registration efforts, seeking to mobilize President Donald Trump's supporters. And they’re starting in Ohio.

Imokhai Okolo (right) is a University of Akron law student and student director of the drivers license amnesty clinic.
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Ohio suspended the driver’s licenses of more than 1 million people, many of whom can’t afford to get those licenses back. But that doesn’t mean they’re not on the road. So until July 31, the state is offering a limited amnesty. 


Over the last seven years, Ohio’s been slowly changing a set of laws that many believe keeps ex-offenders from getting jobs, paying child support and even volunteering in their community.

Akron company Hedgemon was inspired by a hedgehog's quills to design a new football helmet.

Among the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent to try to solve the crisis of concussions in football, one effort is inspired by a hand-sized ball of quills: the hedgehog.