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Take Back the Night is a nationwide event that aims to stop sexual and domestic violence.

UMKC Organizations “Take Back the Night” to Participate in National Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Jazlyn Summers, Roo News Intern
April 17, 2024

 Join students as they “Take Back the Night,” one of the nation’s oldest worldwide movements against sexual violence this evening, Wednesday April 17.    The event will be held at the University Playhouse from 6:30-9:30 p.m., where participants can make signs, listen...

The social media app is facing concerning legislation.

[Photo] Opinion: Stop Stressing Over TikTok Being Banned

Aurora Wilson, Lifestyle and Culture Editor
April 11, 2024

The social media app is facing concerning legislation.

The album was released on March 29, 2024.

Review: “Cowboy Carter”: Beyoncé’s Defiant Journey into Country Music

Jazlyn Summers, Staff Writer
April 10, 2024

  “COWBOY CARTER” is a beautifully written, well-thought-out work of art containing a message directly from the core of Beyonce’s southern heart.    As the second act to her summer smash “RENAISSANCE,” this album had some big boots to fill– and it did not...

UMKCs State of the University address took place on Wednesday, April 3. Photo by Jazlyn Summers

State of the University: UMKC’s Research Renaissance and Campus Evolution

Jazlyn Summers, Staff Writer
April 3, 2024

  Chancellor Mauli C. Agrawal delivered the State of the University address on Wednesday with an outpouring of pride for UMKC and all that has been accomplished in the past year.    Agrawal outlined future plans that would benefit the campus and boost student success. He...

  Inside the Goofball Sk8boards shop.

Breaking Barriers: Goofball Sk8boards Paving the Way for Accessibility in Skateboarding

Jazlyn Summers, Roo News Intern
March 21, 2024

  Goofball Sk8boards, a queer-owned LGBTQ+ safe space, aims to be more accessible in the future of skateboarders in Kansas City.    “Our goal this year is to make our park free for everyone,” said Co-owner and Business Director Joan Rose. “We recognize that if you...

The meeting concluded in 25 minutes and both proposed bills passed on their first reading to the SGA Senate.

Advancing Campus Engagement: SGA’s Proactive Legislative Proposals

Jazlyn Summers, Roo News Intern
February 27, 2024

  The Student Government Association (SGA) had a quick meeting on Monday, Feb. 19 to propose two new bills.    The first bill, titled “Announcements Resolution,” was proposed by Senator Shewit Abai.    “This is just another way to connect the school with the...

Succulents and cacti available to the students.

Cultivating Inclusivity: Rainbows in the Gardens

Jazlyn Summers and Lilah Manning
February 20, 2024

  UMKC’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) club collaborated with the Environmental Student Council (ESC) on Feb. 13 to celebrate their mutual love for plants in the community.   The groups united to provide mini succulents, cacti and terracotta pots for students...

Around 1 million people were estimated to be in attendance at the parade.

One Dead, Several Injured During Chiefs Parade

Zach Gunter and Jazlyn Summers
February 14, 2024

Update:   As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, the number of those injured at the Union Station shooting after the Chiefs Super Bowl parade increased to 30 people.   Lisa Lopez-Galvan, is confirmed dead and the remining victims' ages range from 8 years old to 47 years...

Coach Stokes-OConnor leads the charge into the 2024 season

Setting Sail in Hawaii: Kansas City Softball Preps for the Season Kickoff

Jazlyn Summers, RooNews Intern
February 8, 2024

  Coming out of their last season with a 9-43 record, Roos softball can only go up as they venture into the spring 2024 season.    “It was just a lot of growing pains. Anytime you’re walking into a new program you gotta expect a rebuild and being able to plant your...

Feminism and Barbie took center stage at the Womens Center event.

UMKC’s Women’s Center Hosts Barbie Movie Night as part of the Student Union Takeover Series

Jazlyn Summers, Staff Writer
February 3, 2024

  The Women’s Center hosted a showing of the movie “Barbie” Friday night, Jan. 26, in the Student Union Theater for an evening filled with photo-ops, free popcorn, mocktails, pins and prizes.   Students crowded the theater and munched on the flavored popcorn...

Kansas City Womens Basketball: A Strong Start Fades Against SDSU Jackrabbits

Kansas City Women’s Basketball: A Strong Start Fades Against SDSU Jackrabbits

Jazlyn Summers, Roo News Intern
January 28, 2024

  Kansas City women’s basketball started strong in the first half against the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits on Thursday. However, the team lost that energy in the second half with the game ending at 49-72.   The first quarter looked promising as junior forward...

The cast of MACBITCHES

Review: “MACBITCHES” is the Theater Show College Students Need

Jazlyn Summers, Staff Writer
November 7, 2023

  You don’t want to miss “MACBITCHES” at the Unicorn Theatre in downtown KC.    This dark comedy stars Hannah Elizabeth Freeman who plays the protagonist, Hailey, a freshman who scored the lead role in their university’s production of “Macbeth.” Naturally,...

Ripkin poses for a picture.

A Dog’s Day Out: Meet Ripkin

Jazlyn Summers, Staff Writer
October 21, 2023

  Fostering dogs for “Dog Days Out” at the Kansas City Pet Project is a way you can help out shelter pups who need a break.    If you miss your pet at home or don’t want to pay ridiculous pet rent fees, this program is a great alternative.   Sadie Ford, a canine...

Drag performers, (from left to right) Rosemerry Go-Round, River Styx, Frank-ee-Stein, Masqueleen, Cynthia Doll, Lana Luxx, Scary Cherry, Marie Queerie, Rey Dean, and Ezra Prince, posed for pictures after the show.

SAGA Presents Yearly Drag Show

Jazlyn Summers, Staff Writer
October 19, 2023

 The “Lights Out Frights Out” drag show hosted by the Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) Club on Oct. 11 had a scary good turnout.   Two local and popular drag queens, Cynthia Doll and Lana Luxx, presented the annual Halloween show.   The artists did an excellent...

First Trans+ meeting. Left to right: Cat Lewin, Kale Marie Michael and Alex Dufourmantelle.

Trans+ Club at UMKC

Jazlyn Summers, Staff Writer
September 20, 2023

  The Trans+ club’s new president, Kale Michael, aims to foster a more welcoming environment for the transgender community to increase student involvement on UMKC’s campus.    Trans+ is a social club as well as an advocacy group. A welcoming environment is very important...

Sarah Zapata’s installation titled “So the roots be known” in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s atrium

“So the roots be known”

Lauren Zoller and Jazlyn Summers
September 14, 2023

  A new exhibit at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art highlights Kansas City’s lesser known lesbian history, and the artist used UMKC’s Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America to do it.   Sarah Zapata’s “So the roots be known” exhibit brings vibrant lavender...

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