Spring 2018 Stories The People

Where it All Began

Featured image courtesy of Laura McDonough By Jordan Unger Cristina Cala chuckles and fades for a moment when asked about founding The YO Magazine, reflecting on everything that has happened over the past ten years. Her career in media began as a copy editor for The Jambar during her undergraduate at Youngstown State University. “I […]

Spring 2018 Stories The City The People

Features in Flashback

Featured image courtesy of Jordan Unger. By Ian Frantz This year marks the 10-year anniversary of The YO Magazine, which has highlighted some of the personalities who inhabit Youngstown over the years. In its earliest days, The YO showcased profiles on activist Phil Kidd and artists Bob Barko Jr. and Ray Simon. The articles featured […]

Spring 2018 Stories The People

Celebrating Ten Years of YO

By Nami Nagaoka The YO Magazine was established ten years ago by Cristina Cala, who was a copy editor of The Jambar at the time. Every year as the staff have changed, its design, layout and writing style have been altered by various generations at Youngstown State University. It was even difficult to gather all […]

Spring 2018 Stories The People

Tokyo House: A 30 Year-Old Gem in Youngstown

Featured image courtesy of Nami Nagaoka By Nami Nagaoka   Yelp, Zomato, Tripadvisor and Facebook are becoming popular tools for people who are searching for a new spot to eat. Five star-reviewed eateries with a large number of reviewers are more likely to be chosen. There is a small, 30-year-old local restaurant where these four […]

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: It’s a Federal Frenzy!

Featured image photo by Michael Marado by Michael Marado Lovers of live music and art, keep your ears to the ground. Youngstown’s favorite festival is back and better than ever! The fourth annual Federal Frenzy festival was held Saturday, April 21. For the uninitiated, Federal Frenzy is a local music and arts festival located right […]

Spring 2018 Stories The City

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Youngstown Still Considered a ‘Food Desert’

By Tyler Rothbauer To many who live here, Youngstown’s classification as a ‘food desert’ is not a new revelation. A common issue for impoverished areas, a food desert is defined by the American Nutrition Association as “[a part] of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods … due to a […]

Spring 2018 Stories The People

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Puppy Mills are Inhuman

Featured image courtesy of Themelina Xenikis By Stephanie Miranda Themelina Xenikis had spent her spare time looking at puppies with her friends for years. Finally, Xenikis, a senior communications major at Youngstown State University, found the puppy of her dreams. Lola, the now 4-year-old pug, was purchased by Xenikis from Harbor Pet Center in Boardman, […]

Spring 2018 Stories The People

How to Start a Rock Band

Featured image courtesy of Model Rockets. By Katlyn Kritz Ever wonder how a famous rock band got its start? Youngstown musicians Fletcher Dunham, Jesse DeLorenzo and Scott Erb give their best advice on how to get involved in the music scene. Fletcher Dunham is the vocalist of Model Rockets, an indie rock group that originally was […]