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Edition 52, Issue 8

Thursday, October 10, 2013



From a first generation college student to a mob prosecuting president, what do you know about the characters on campus?


Art instructor whipping up waffles ARTS AND LIFE, PAGE 6


Irish athletes share college experience SPORTS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY: KODY KAHLE



Thursday, October 10, 2013


LGBT Equality Reception


LGBT is holding an Equality Reception Oct. 17 from 3-5 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. There will be light refreshments, networking and a silent auction. Anyone who is looking to be active as an ally or any LGBT members are invited to attend. For more information visit

Viva Humanities Kelsey Timmerman, author of two books that reflect on experiences that connect with the humanities, will be speaking at NKU on Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Otto Budig Theatre. Timmerman traveled the world from China to Honduras, his books are Where am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes and Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy.

NKU Social Media Campaign NKU is launching its first-ever social media campaign, #NKUHERO, on


POLICEBEATS Between Oct. 1, 12 a.m., and Oct. 2, 6:12 a.m.: Someone graffitied the inside of a men’s bathroom stall in Steely Library with a marker. The case is currently open.

Oct. 16-18. The 72-hour campaign will use Facebook, Twitter, email and NKU website to encourage alumni to support NKU. All proceeds will be used directly for student support. Questions can be answered through contacting Molly Williamson at

Oct. 1, 11:08 a.m.: A two-vehicle accident occurred in the Kenton Garage. There were no injuries. Between Oct. 1, 2:20 p.m., and Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m.: A student believed her laundry had been stolen out of a dryer in Norse Commons. However, she forgot that the clothing was in the trunk of her car.

Alternative Spring Break to Mexico City Info Session

Oct. 2, 10:30 a.m.: A student took some unattended laundry detergent without permission. The student whose laundry detergent was taken declined prosecution.

An informational session will be held on Oct. 11 at 12 p.m. in the SU room 109. Students can earn college credit while participating on an International Service Learning experience in Mexico City. Students will have the opportunity to volunteer, experience Mexican culture and cuisine and visit historical sites. This program is open to all students, with no Spanish language requirement.


Oct. 3, 4:14 p.m.: Alcohol was found in a room in Callahan Hall. Oct. 3, between 10:38 p.m. and 11:35 p.m.: Three underage students in the University Suites were found with alcohol. Citations were issued. Oct. 7, between 4:45 a.m. and 7:35 a.m.: Money was taken from an unattended purse in the Student Union. The case is currently open. Oct. 7, between 11:38 p.m. and 11:43 p.m.: A verbal argument between a boyfriend and a girlfriend in the University Suites turned into a physical altercation. No charges were pressed.


Have a chance to get off campus this weekend? Check out the nightlife and events happening in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Kings Island Halloween Haunt

Music for the Mountains 2: Benefit concert and CD release show

Oct. 12 @ The Southgate House Revival, 8 p.m. Music for the Mountains is a whole house benefit concert striving to raise awareness on the dangers and damages of mountaintop removal coal mining. Featured performers will include The Kentucky Struts, Wonky Tonk and many more. A compilation CD will also be released the night of the show. Tickets are $20 at the door. More info is available at

Cincinnati Arts Museum debut exhibits

Oct. 12 @ Cincinnati Arts Museum, 6-9 p.m. Join the grand opening for limited time exhibits “Friday for Realm of the Immortals; Daoist Art in the Cincinnati Art Museum” and “Taming the Elements; Contemporary Japanese Prints and Ceramics.” Also at the opening, enjoy the rhythms of the Cincinnati Dayton Taiko drummers along with some Daoist calligraphy, Asian inspired fare and much more. The event is free for members and $10 for non-members. More information is available at

Oct. 11-12, 18-19 @ Kings Island The yearly haunt returns transforming Kings Island into a horror-filled nightmare. From mazes filled with frightening creatures, to exciting thrill rides, everything will terrify! Times and prices range day to day. More information is available at

The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts - Dracula

Oct. 18-20 @ The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts Based on the classic horror tale, The Covedale Center presents a stage production of the chilling vampire tale. Tickets are $21 for students. 8 p.m. shows on Saturdays and 2 p.m. shows on Sundays. More information is available at

Hanson: Anthem World Tour

Oct. 18 @ Bogarts, 8 p.m. The fan-favorite 1990’s band of brothers, best known for their hit 1997 song “MMMBop,” brings their hit world tour to Cincinnati. Ticket prices vary. More information is available at

Northern Kentucky Wine Festival

Trunk R’ Treat & Classic Car Show

Oct. 12th @ Beech Acres Park, 2:30-6 p.m. Anderson Township Park District’s 4th Annual family event combines a classic car show, kids in costumes, candy, and music. Families and car enthusiasts can stroll around the oval while children “trunk ‘r treat” at every car. More Info:

Oct. 19 @ Covington’s Mainstrasse Village 3-10 p.m. The 8th annual event returns to Covington’s historic neighborhood with numerous Kentucky wineries and an array of food and entertainment. $10 admission, must be 21 to attend. More Info:

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Ed 52, Issue 8



ews From maintenance to law, Mearns has done it all Mac Payton NEWS EDITOR

Geoffrey Mearns has never been one to shy away from opportunities. From spontaneously changing his major in college, to prosecuting the Italian mafia in New York City, to becoming NKU’s fifth president, opportunities are something Mearns feels are very important, and not something to be wasted. In the summer between his junior and senior years at Yale University, where Mearns earned his Bachelors of Arts in English, he worked on the maintenance staff at an apartment complex in Cleveland, Ohio. “They were wonderful men that I worked with, but none of them had had the educational opportunities that I had,” he said. Mearns said that particular summer taught him an important lesson about opportunities. “I realized that I was fortunate to have an opportunity that these other people had not been given, and so I didn’t want to squander the opportunity that I had been given.” Originally, when Mearns began his undergraduate studies at Yale, he was studying to become a doctor, because the institution

wouldn’t accept his English Advanced Placement credit from high school, according to a speech Mearns gave for the Viva Humanities lecture series on Sept. 18. This didn’t last very long for Mearns, though. In his freshman year, he said he took an introductory biochemistry course which changed everything. “I was listening to the professor speak, and there were about 150 students in the auditorium, and I had no clue what he was talking about,” Mearns said. “I literally got up from that class in the middle of the presentation. There was a problem that we were all supposed to be working on, and I didn’t know where to begin. I got up from that class, walked out of the room, walked down Science Hill to the registrar’s office and dropped biochem, and for the next three and a half years, loaded up on English and history.” After graduating, Mearns taught English at Delbarton School in Morristown, N.J., making $11,000 a year, and writing technical manuals for Saab cars. He taught at Delbarton for three years, before going to the University of Virginia School of Law, where he graduated in 1987.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Student sets example by spreading message of love Maggie Pund news editor

To every student across the world interested in NKU, he is the face of free hugs seen on the university flier sent out to all prospective students as well as the smile in between images of Jay-Z and Carrie Underwood in the university’s new viewbook. And, to those who end up attending the school, he is the student the first week of fall semester for the past three years with his arms open and a grin on his face waiting to live up to the friendly offer on his black and white sign that simply reads, “Free hugs.” Arturo “Artie” Minera is approaching the end of what he calls his “four seasons at NKU.” Next fall, he will be graduating from NKU with with a major in electronic media and broadcasting and minor in honors. Minera will be the first member of his immediate family that will graduate college. As the oldest child and a future leader of his family, he strives to give people something and someone to believe in at the end of the day. “I want people to walk out of hearing about my life saying, ‘Wow that was a really good story,’” Minera said. “I want to share a story that people can believe in something.” During his first time as a free hug volunteer at FreshFusion, he said something inside him cracked and his development into the man and NKU community member that he is today all started. This once-upon-a-time shy student has transformed into a dedicated storyteller and an individual peers and staff describe as one of the most enthusiastic and outgoing people on campus. “I can say he is one of the most energetic people that I have ever met in my life, and he is always willing to help,” said Mayra Guzman, Minera’s close friend and senior social work major and honors minor. “He accepts everyone no matter what.. He just sees people. He is willing to help everyone all the time.” Each year, he arms himself in his aviators and some of his favorite attire to welcome new students with a warm embrace and free hug to the start off their college career and future. Just like his promise for free hugs, Minera kept his word and has continued to get involved in diverse ways across campus. On top of holding three jobs, he is now an award-winning student as well as a leader in many organizations. “He is a master at juggling his multitude of class-related and outside of class responsibilities,” said Jeff Iker, New Student Orientation coordinator. “He definitely is one of the busiest people I know.” By day, Minera is the Latino Student Organization president, presidential ambassadors’ vice president and a student wellness ambassador. By night, he is a “top performer” and one of the “fastest burrito rollers on this side of the Mississippi” at Chipotle Mexican Grill. Additionally, he is involved with carnival work in the summer. He has also “finally reached a freelance status” and is involved in various freelance video projects around campus. This month, Minera is working on video projects for NKU’s Homecoming, the Wellness Center and admissions department. Additionally, he is working on a documentary about NKU’s underfunding in order to give back to the university and bring attention to an issue for his capstone project. His film will examine the research and the impacts of the underfunding on the students, the faculty, the administration and the university as a whole. “[This semester] I can’t get more involved,” Minera said. “I’ve reached my cap. Artie has officially capped out.” Recently, Minera was chosen as NKU’s Outstanding Junior of 2013 as well as Latino of the Year. For the Latino of the Year ceremony, his mom visited the campus for the first time to help honor his work with NKU’s Latino community. Minera was born in South Miami, Florida, but he moved to Ohio when he was 10 years old. He has three younger brothers. At NKU, there are currently a total of 70 first-time,

Photo courtesy of tim sofranko

Artie Minera giving out a free hug to a NKU student during Welcome Week. Minera has a strong passion for love, music and religion.

first-year Hispanic students, and a total of 258 Hispanic undergraduates overall, according to the university’s 2012-2013 Common Data Set. NKU has over 13,000 undergraduates; Hispanic students make up about two percent of the student body at NKU.

The first on the way to college graduation Minera also had to deal with the familial expectations as the oldest sibling held responsible for setting the standard for his brothers to follow. “I had the biggest role of my life set before me, and before the first day of school, my [family] reminded me that, ‘tomorrow you are going to set the precedent for what the rest of the Minera’s are going to do,”’ Minera said. “No pressure. Have a great day.” Because he “didn’t know a thing about college” and had no one to guide him his first semester, Minera decided to enroll in a University 101 (UNV 101) course, a class offered to help guide students in the transition into college. His UNV 101 professor, Tom Ramstetter, ended up having a lasting impact on Minera and became a “very important part” of his NKU experience. From the very first day, Ramstetter’s attitude toward students, and interactions with them, made Minera feel like he could take on the challenges of college. “It was Tom Ramstetter... though he didn’t know it and I guess still doesn’t,” Minera said. Ramstetter does not think he should take too much credit for bringing Minera out of his shell and making him more comfortable in his own skin. He attributes Minera’s weekly self reflection assignments and group projects in class for making him into the “full-fledged rockstar” that he is today. “Students like him are why we do this,” Ramstetter said. “People like him are the reason I still want to do it.”

Latino Student Organization involvement The simple question of, “who do you think you are?” from a fellow student eventually led Minera to run for president of the Latino Student Organization. Over his three years as president, Minera has encour-

For an in-dePth look into artie’s story, check out the online version at thenortherner.coM

aged members to get involved all throughout campus and find their place. Through networking, he has helped plug people into different organizations. For example, last year was the first year with a Latino student, male or female, in every Greek organization. He wants to see a Latino presence in all NKU organizations.

Other elements of Minera’s character Some of the main forces in Minera’s life outside of school are religion and music. “I can’t explain many things about my personal life without tapping into my faith,” Minera said. Minera does not drink, smoke or cuss. He is a Christian with a strong sense of pride and motivation to do good for his god, country, family and ultimately himself. “I meet all these people that are so cool, and it kind of turns them around when I tell them, ‘Yeah, I’m Christian, man. I love it. I pray for you, and I love you,’” Minera said. “I wish there were more people like this because I could use somebody like this sometimes… I really wish there were more people that showed love.” Although he has strong beliefs and a lot to say, the underlying message behind his words and actions is love. Spreading the love is an important mission to Minera, and he works hard to help people learn to find love in their life. Minera discovered a love for music, specifically guitar, during his senior year of high school. “Whenever I am not talking about my faith or school, I’m talking about music,” Minera said. As for instruments, he said he can learn “anything that looks like a guitar” in a week because music theory and strings are very easy for him to understand. Minera can play any sort of guitar or drum. For example, he can play classical, acoustic, electric and bass guitar, as well as the ukulele. No matter the time or place, music is always on Minera’s mind. Even in editing and other classes, he said he is always the one that brings up music. “I’m always thinking musically,” he said. “Whenever I’m sitting somewhere on the bus or in a really awkward setting in school, I’m thinking what music would really work for this or what music would turn this around or make it epic like it is supposed to be, or sad?”

Ed 52, Issue 8


Professor uses knowledge from travels to share stories


Matt Spaulding staff Writer

While on a leave of absence from one of her jobs at various firms on Wall Street, NKU Associate Professor of Anthropology Judy Voelker took an opportunity that would ultimately change her career path. “When I lived in New York and when I was working on Wall Street, I was able to travel extensively and I hadn’t had that experience growing up,” Voelker said. “That actually changed my mind set. It was as if there was a world I didn’t know about.” During these travels she made her first visit to Asia and quickly discovered her fondness for the continent because of its architecture and unique cultural heritage. Especially Thailand and Southeast Asia, which would become her anthropological specialty. “It was so different than anything I’d seen,” said Voelker enthusiastically with a reminiscent glow in her eye beyond her black rimmed glasses.

Ban Thakhok These various leave-of-absence trips inspired her to apply to graduate school in Buffalo, N.Y., and leave her Wall Street job. Voelker won a Fulbright Fellowship merit grant and got to live in Ban Thakhok, a small village in Northeast Thailand, for almost two years. She said the exposure to rural village living was an eye-opening experience after growing up in the suburbs. “I was the only westerner in that village. Many at that time had never seen a white person,” said Voelker. “Everyone in that village knew you, even if they didn’t know you,” said Voelker. The residents of the village wanted to know what was going on. They wanted to touch her skin and look at her lightly colored hair. She enjoyed the experience of living in a new place as an uncomfortable unknown and slowly becoming part of the community. When she left, Voelker took away a sense of belonging to a larger group than family.

Six@Six Lecture Some of the information collected in her research of this village was presented in her recent Six@Six Lecture at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in

Photo courtesy of Judy Voelker

Judy Voelker interacts with one of the local villagers during her travels. Voelker has traveled to numerous countries.

late September. “The lecture was called Ceramic Traditions of Southeast Asia: People, Community, and Pottery.” “Part of the tradition with this manufacturing process is that women pass on how to make the pottery to their daughters and their daughter’s daughters. It’s a long-term tradition,” said Voelker. The pots produced are called earthenware pots because they are not high temperature fire pots according to Voelker. They are used for cooking soups, storing, and water containers. The villagers have access to aluminum cookware and an array of modern dishes, but they prefer the earthenware pots because of the taste said Voelker, which she described as very fragrant. Students from her Museums in Contemporary Society class helped to display large 16-by-20 photographs, pots, wooden paddles, ceramic anvils, and labels for each of the items from both modern day and prehistory. “We were putting this together from her study, which was different from other classes I had had her for,” said Andrea West, a senior anthropology major

who helped with the display. “This was actually her study. It was neat to be able to work with that.” The initial plan only involved a lecture, according to Collette Thompson, coordinator for the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. Voelker offered to add the display. Thompson said the display added to the guests’ experience and the student’s learning experience. “When you have students outside the classroom working on material they are excited about and I’m passionate about, I think it provides a really excellent learning experience,” said Voelker.

T.A.P. and her students Voelker has been working on the Thailand Archaeometallurgy Project (T.A.P.) since the early ‘90s, although the project was started in the early ‘80s. This project has been investigating the origins of metallurgy, a branch of science interested in the production of metals and their purifiction, in Southeast Asia and Thailand. She and other researchers have

found thousands of artifacts, such as anvils, that date back as far as 2000 B.C. Students who work with her in Thailand work mostly on analyzing these artifacts and usually visit Ban Thakhok as well. Students at NKU are currently working with her on analyzing the data for roughly 3,500 of these artifacts. They are double-checking, cleaning up the data, and nearing the final stages of analysis. Voelker said they will start writing soon. She hopes to publish at least two articles from this project, which students will get writing credit for depending upon their involvement. “She is very dedicated to her work and study,” said West. “She is very dedicated to her job and she likes taking on new adventures.” Voelker said she has always liked the involvement with students and those interested in her field. “My father had a year or two of college and my mother didn’t go at all, so that parallels many of the experiences of students here at NKU. That may be why I identify with them so closely,” said Voelker.

MEARNS, story continued from page 2 Several years later, Mearns said, there were openings in the federal Department of Justice that allowed “a large number of relatively inexperienced, but ambitious, young prosecutors” to work on high-profile cases. In his time with the justice department, Mearns worked against the Italian mafia in New York City and worked on the team to prosecute Terry Nichols, one of the Oklahoma City bombers. “That experience stretched me and challenged me in a way, intellectually and in other ways, that I had never been pushed before,” he said. After gaining experience as a prosecutor, one of his colleagues passed his name along to the search committee looking for the next dead of the Cleveland-

Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. Mearns eventually entered into the position in July 2005, where he remained in until being named CSU’s provost in 2010. When Mearns became president of NKU, he said it was a similar process. He was contacted by the search firm, Isaacson Miller, in early 2012, and was ultimately hired as NKU’s fifth president. What did all of these experiences teach Mearns? “It’s important to have a direction and to have a plan, but it’s also important to balance that with the flexibility and being open minded to see what opportunities arise, because you never know when taking an alternate path can lead to some pretty exciting places,” he said.

Growing up, Mearns wasn’t entirely sure what he wanted to do for his career. “My father was a law professor, and several of my siblings became lawyers, so that’s why I say I kind of went through college thinking that that was likely to be where I ended up,” Mearns said. Hoever, he added that he doesn’t remember a single moment where he knew what he wanted to do for a living. “Maybe that’s why I’ve wandered so much in terms of my career,” he said, “because I never said, ‘Okay, I know I want to do this.’” “I’m too old to even remember [what I wanted to be],” Mearns joked. “Except for the fact that I eat almost the same breakfast every day, I wouldn’t be able to remember what I had for breakfast this morning.”



Thursday, October 10, 2013

rts & Life “After 44 years of being alive, having fun and giving back is what it should all be about,” -MARTY MEERSMAN

TRY THEM Oct. 12 from


Cincinnati Street Food Festival


Marty Meersman opens the griddles to the freshly made waffles. His reciepe has been a work in progress, just like his journey as a food truck owner.


offers a range of toppings and compliments, such as sea salt and caramel or peanut butter and banana. Meersman Some birthday presents are boring, says they make all their own ingredients; and some inspire. In the case of visual they whip their own cream and make arts professor Martin Meersman, a waffle their own vanilla extract from Kentucky maker for his birthday about 3 years ago Bourbon. inspired an entire new life venture. “Our customers really have an appreMeersman loved to bake, and with his ciation for the handmade, to know where Belgian heritage, he decided he wanted it’s all coming from,” said Meersman. to learn how to make his very own BelMeersman even bought a shell of a gian waffles. With great determination, truck and built it into what it is now, Meersman figured out what kind of waf- along with help from alumni and friend fles he wanted to make. Pete Hall, who’s been there throughout “I found a recipe and tweaked it, made the whole process. it my own. About 2,000 waffles later we While they only began taking the truck had a great recipe,” Meersman said. out in September, “it’s really taking off” Meersman began taking the waffles said Meersman. They began working to different family functions, and faculty with Night Owl Market, a group that sets events. From there, the delicious break- up food trucks in downtown Cincinnati fast pastry grew like wildfire. People be- and outreaches to other suburban comgan requesting the waffles and wanted to munities to do the same. Through Night know if they could buy them. Owl Market, they’ve made frequent trips The question then became how to to the Whole Foods Market and Harley distribute them. Meersman considered Davidson dealerships, as well as parkopening a restaurant or just working ing at the Cincy Beer Fest, and the Merfrom his kitchen, but then came up with chants and Musical Fest. According to the perfect idea. In college when he first Meersman, the success has happened met his wife, he was working at a truck- largely through word of mouth. ing company, and so he decided the best Julie accredits her large family and way to distribute would be a food truck. friends from the area, and Meersman And so Marty’s Waffles was born. also gives credit to his students who’ve “It was never about what can we sell, spread the good word after he began it was about the joy,” said Julie Mader- bringing waffles in as an end of semester Meersman, graphic design professor and celebration. Meersman’s wife. But along with the word of mouth, Marty’s Waffles aren’t just any waffle there had to be a look that drew people Meersman explained. They’re a special- in as well. ity kind of Belgian waffle called a liege, “Most definitely, Julie gets all the which is named after a city in Belgium. It credit for the actual exterior of the truck. is a dough-based, denser waffle, “not like It’s gotten so much praise from everyone the kind you’ll get at Perkins or IHOP,” that sees it,” Meersman said. Julie designed a truck that she said explained Meersman. He only makes the one waffle, but was “about the waffle” and the experiARTS & LIFE EDITOR

ence that Martin hoped people would get when they ate the waffle. He wanted a retro style look, that Julie described as “the sense of the milkman truck.” A truck that exuded a more person-to-person, joyous feel. It also needed to set them apart from the other Belgian waffle maker in town. Julie wanted people to know Meersman was “legit”. So in the design she featured a photo of Meersman’s great great great grandparents Ino and Mathlede Hooste in Belgium in 1860 to show his heritage. “The care that he puts in the waffle needed to come through in the design,” Julie said. Meersman does put in a lot of care, Julie said, and she believes his varied background really is what makes it all a success. “The expertise that his sculptural background brings to the craft of the product is very distinctive, very important and unique,” Julie said. “It’s practically unattainable to repeat and duplicate because of the care in his making process.” Meersman loves working on the food truck. He said he appreciates every customer and says that that interaction makes it like a whole new family. “Seeing the instant gratification from people who have the waffles, the facial expressions, the smiling kids who come up to the window; that’s my favorite part,” Meersman said. “Knowing we’ve done something right with what we’re making.” Julie simply said, “it’s just a lot of fun.” “After 44 years of being alive, having fun and giving back is what it should all be about,” Meersman said. If you want to try Marty’s Waffles, check out their Facebook page for updates on where to find their truck.

Jazz player teaching the next generation Andrew Kell CONTRIBUTING WRITER

As NKU grows into a bigger university, more teachers and degree options begin to be added. The jazz degree has only been around for about five years, but one teacher is already starting to stand out, John Zappa. Zappa was born into a musical family and picked up an instrument like most in elementary school. The first instrument Zappa wanted to learn was the drums but his parents preferred that he learn instrument that would allow him to read music first. “I really wanted to play the drums but my parents thought that I needed to learn a different instrument first,” Zappa said. “So looking at the paper that was sent home which had no pictures, just line drawings of the instruments, I chose the trumpet.” Zappa went on to the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he got his degree as a jazz trumpet player. After school, Zappa played in many jazz bands around the area: Rich Uncle Skeleton; Blue Wisp Big Band; and the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, just to name a few. Then in 2005, Zappa decided that he would return to the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music to achieve his masters in jazz. While going back for his masters, he also achieved a goal that stemmed from his childhood. He mastered in jazz drums. Zappa has been an ever present name in jazz on the NKU campus since 2006. Going from starting as an adjunct professor to, as of last year, becoming a full-time professor. Many students have taken his class for appreciation of jazz, and the textbook was written by Zappa himself. “When I started looking into what kind of textbooks, there were none,” Zappa said. “People were using jazz history books that were just written for people who know jazz, not someone just trying to learn.” According to Zappa, the textbook he wrote isn’t just a boring history book that will confuse most students with dates and names. The jazz appreciation book is a way for students to learn about the art form that jazz is. In the book, they will learn how to properly listen to jazz and how to properly appreciate it. “I couldn’t effectively run this program without John,” said William Brian Hogg, a Jazz instructor at NKU. “He does so much for these kids. He’s like their mentor and doesn’t ask for much in return for all his work.” Zappa is teaching both jazz appreciation classes as well as jazz combos. His combos, like all of the jazz degree students at NKU, have regular concerts at the York Street Cafe in Newport. “What I remember from Zappa’s class is he was a very hands-on teacher,” said Nick Noble, a senior electronic media broadcasting major. “He likes to get feedback from his students.” When asked why he wrote the textbook, Zappa said, “Educating people about jazz is the only way it will survive.” Jazz appreciation is a class that helps fulfill a cultural pluralism credit for NKU students. According to Zappa, it is a way to help students better understand jazz as an artform and not just as a way to teach kids about the history of jazz. “The most satisfying thing about the jazz appreciation course, is reading what the students write about the concerts they attend,” Zappa said. “What they write is extremely satisfying and rewarding.”

Ed 52, Issue 8



Notable figure wins over campus community’s hearts Jessica Kopena Staff writer

Through the large groups of people in the Student Union— from students snacking on lunches to faculty enjoying a meal in the food court— one smiling face from Coyote Jacks stands out among the crowd. Lamont Lewis, cashier at Coyote Jacks, has been in the food serving industry for about 24 years and still finds joy in what he does. Lewis found the job at NKU on a sign in downtown Cincinnati and decided to apply for the job. “I was out of a job and I got tired of waiting on tables,” Lewis said. Three weeks after he saw the ad, Angie Guy called him for an interview and he went. She interviewed Lamont and showed him around the food court. Lewis was hired on Aug. 12, 2010. “Two days later she said my police check came back and I got the job and that was in 2010,” Lewis said. “She called me on my birthday.” According to Angela Guy, satellite director for NKU Dining, Lewis got hired because he had a happy personality. “He had a big smile, very friendly, customer-focused and a very energetic personality,” Guy said. Since Lewis has started working at the Student Union, he has found the job rewarding. Lewis said the most rewarding part of the job is “meeting people from all over.” He likes that he gets to talk to the different students, and he thinks that it’s fun.

Whenever customers give their feedback about Lewis, they always talk about how nice he is and how he knows what people are going to get before they even order it. “He is so considerate of the customers that come through Coyote Jacks because a lot of them are repeat customers, said Melissa Pompa, residential district manager of University Dining Service. “Hands down, they always say that he is the friendliest of all of the cashiers.” There are also skills that Lewis brings to the job that makes him an asset to NKU Dining. “Lamont is so dependable at work, and he is very loyal. He always puts the best interest of the guest first and foremost, above anything else,” Pompa said. “That is essential in a top notch employee like Lamont.” Guy said that Lewis works well at being part of a team. “He’s friendly, loves to please the customer and he is willing to do anything needed to help fellow employees,” she said. Lewis has had some funny moments on the job, but there was one memory that stuck out in his mind. “One day when I was working on the line because employees called off sick, I made three burgers,” Lewis said. “I gave the customers their burgers, but when they came back, they said there was no meat on it. I gave them a bone with lettuce and tomatoes. They came back and I was like ‘I’m Sorry.’ It (the meat) was still on the grill.” Pompa has fond memories of Lewis as well. She thinks of him as her fashion dictator.

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Lamont Lewis at work at Coyote Jack’s during lunchtime. Lewis is a notable face around NKU’s Student Union.

“When I come to the food court, I know I always have it right when Lamont says, ‘You look nice today’ and stuff,” Pompa said. Guy does not work in the Student Union now, but Lewis still brightens her day. “Every time I walk past Lamont, he smiles and greets me which brightens my day,” Guy said. “I don’t think a day has gone by that he hasn’t done this since I hired him.” Pompa has also enjoyed the conversations that her and Lewis have had. She said

that no matter how long the line is, Lewis always keeps his cool. “Even if there is 100 people in the Coyote Jacks line or one person, Lamont is always the same, and I love that about him,” she said. “His consistency, the way he just keeps it together in the busiest location there. It is always the same no matter what is going on. If you want to meet Lewis, visit Coyote Jacks in the food court in the Student Union.

Female priest fights inequity Silvanna Hill Staff writer

Whether with a plastic fireman’s helmet or a pretend doctor’s bag, many children enjoy acting out their dream jobs. From an early age, NKU professor Debra Meyers was doing the same—just not with a rubber stethoscope. Meyers was acting out her own dream job: she wanted to become a priest. Raised as a Catholic from childhood, Meyers became aware of the impossibility of her wish at a young age. “I knew I was called to be a priest, but an adult once told me, ‘You can’t do that, and it’s really sinful behavior for you to be pretending to be a priest. Think about being a mom, or a nurse,’” recounted Meyers. “So I set that aside for a while, although I knew I was being called to the priesthood. It’s only later in life that things fell into place to allow me to do that.” Meyers has a Ph.D. in history and women’s studies and a master’s degree in religious studies. She began teaching at NKU in 2001, and currently teaches women’s studies and history. The potential inclusion of women in the Catholic priesthood is raising controversy in the Catholic Church and the world at large. On NKU’s campus, Meyers has advocated for equality through both action and words. The controversy over women in the priesthood has existed since medieval times. As the Catholic doctrine holds, the New Testament priesthood stems from Jesus Christ himself, and all men who have become priests or bishops participate in Christ’s priesthood. This participation is known as “acting in Christi Capitis,” or in the person of Christ, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Joseph Bermingham, president of the NKU Catholic Newman club, said church regulations and policies come up frequently in club discussions. “It’s something we do every Thursday with a theological topic or a church teaching topic,” Bermingham said. Discussion of the ordination of women, he said, is on the

“Mostly because I’ve been preparing for this my whole life….I feel I am where I’m meant to be.” -Debra Meyers agenda for future discussion. Some who believe that women should be allowed into the priesthood hold that gender is irrelevant as long as an individual is willing and able to “act in the person of Christ”. Meyers was ordained in May of 2013 as the first female Catholic priest in the Cincinnati area and the second in the state of Kentucky. Though the ordination — and other ordinations like it — are opposed and not officially recognized by the Vatican, those in favor of female ordination within the church are fighting for change. Even though they are not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, they are recognized by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. Though her interest in both religious studies and gender inequity have been long-standing, Meyers began her higher education with a different goal in mind. After graduating high school, she attended a community college and earned a degree in mechanical engineering. She worked in the field for several years before the birth of her children, after which she went back to school and earned a bachelor’s degree in history, initially planning to teach at the high school level. She went on instead to earn a Ph.D in the field. “I landed a position at Ohio State—or, the Ohio State, as they insisted we call it, but I wasn’t really happy about the emphasis on sports and that kind of thing,” Meyers said. “When the job opened up here I jumped at the chance.” Meyers said working in an environment in which feminism was discussed, contributed to her current focus on inequity within the Catholic Church and the world at large.

She described her ministry as “inclusive” and particularly concerned with social justice regarding women and children. “I came from a family that was on the border of poverty and I know how hard it is for people to struggle to get out of that,” Meyers said. She said these experiences influenced her current goals centered on social justice for women and children in particular. “I know how important education is in that process of breaking out of that cycle of poverty,” Meyers said. “I have always spent much of my time helping women to do those kinds of things.” Meyers recently led a lecture and discussion entitled “Breaking the Holy Glass Ceiling”, one of the Democracy Square Live discussions with the help of Roy Bourgeois, a laicized—or withdrawn from his position— Roman Catholic priest. In addition to her job at NKU, she serves as a priest at the Resurrection Community of Cincinnati. She celebrates the Catholic mass at two main locations, Christ Church in Fort Thomas and Our Lady of Peace in Cincinnati. Meyers said community reaction to her ordination has been overwhelmingly positive. She described her first experience as a priest celebrating mass as both “natural” in feeling and an act she felt sure would serve the community well. “It certainly wasn’t terrifying,” Meyers said. “Mostly because I’ve been preparing for this my whole life….I feel I am where I’m meant to be.”



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Ed 52, Issue 8



ports International student athletes share unbreakable bond Olivia Shawmeker CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The men’s soccer team holds the majority of the NKU international student athlete count, according to NKU’s athletic website. Three of the team’s players come from Ireland, two of whom played together on an Ireland soccer club team for four years, Ian O’Reilly and Cian McDonald. The two played at Shelbourne Football Club in Ireland. John Basalyga, men’s soccer team‘s head coach, first began to recruit the three players when recommended by a friend. “NKU was my first choice, as I was not even considering going to college until coach Basalyga contacted me and offered me the chance to continue to play soccer and get an education,” said Ian O’Reilly, a junior communications ma-

jor and defender on the soccer team. Gavin Colton, sophomore journalism major, said he chose NKU because of coach Basalyga. They connected straight away and shared the same beliefs about the game. All three athletes connected with coach Basalyga on the same level of soccer and furthering their education at the same time. According to Basalyga, the three would play the way he’d like them to because they fit his personality and he commented that they are tough-minded and strong-willed players. The three students currently live together and have a kitten in the Hampton Farms apartments right outside of NKU’s campus. They enjoy playing video games together, hanging out with other teammates and being involved on campus. The group said that them all being from Ireland was not the only influence


From left to right, O’Reilly, McDonald and Colton celebrate a tied finish in the 2012 exhibition game against the University of Kentucky.

in why they chose to live together. According to the trio, living together has benefited the group of athletes greatly and they look at the situation as more support in school and on the field. “We are all in the same boat here and it’s like a support system. We all enjoy doing the same things and financially we all fall under the same bracket,” Colton said. Athletes have different support systems and someone to cheer them on. Family, friends and even Norse fans can be the extra support an athlete needs during a game, according to Cian McDonald a midfielder, junior physical education major. International students find support other ways and have limited time with their family. “Yes, I miss home every now and then, but Skype helps a lot. And I get to go home for a month at Christmas every year,” McDonald said. “Other lads have had their parents come visit, but it is really expensive and it’s money my parents just don’t really have.” McDonald, Colton and O’Reilly all agreed on the main point they miss

about Ireland. They all first mentioned family and friends. “I miss certain events I would go to, like music festivals or certain Irish sports like Gaelic and hurling,” Mcdonald said. “They are quality sports to play and watch.” These sports are only played in Ireland, according to McDonald. In definition, Gaelic games are sports played in Ireland under the Gaelic Athletic Association. “I missed my ‘home comforts’ such as my mother’s cooking, having access to a car, a lit fire when I got home and, most of all, a stocked fridge,” Colton said. Having all three of the Irish players and their heritage on the team brings heart to the team according to Colton. It also brings experience from playing on a club team which is considered a high level in Europe. “We play with a very possessive mind in regard to the ball,” Colton said. “I enjoy defending a lot but what I enjoy about playing right back and centre midfield is being a link in the team like batteries in a clock ‘keeping it ticking.’”



Thursday, October 10, 2013

New Athletic director Adjusts to

‘challenging and rewarding’

chANGe Brook Clifford SportS Editor

NKU’s new athletic director, Ken Bothof, who played basketball and baseball in college, now loves to spend his spare time fly fishing. Bothof’s favorite hobby is fly fishing and he said it’s the “most interesting thing about him. In his free time, he watches his favorite sport, baseball, both collegiately and professionally. Bothof earned his bachelor of arts in education at Buena Vista University in Iowa. He is now married and has two children. In his relocation to Northern Kentucky, he and his family like to visit the Mount Adams area in Cincinnati. Before working at NKU, Bothof served as the director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay since 2002. While working there, he helped raise $11 million in funds to renovate and expand the Phoenix Sports Center. The Green Bay women’s basketball team won 11 straight Horizon League titles and five NCAA Tournament first-round games. The men’s team had 20-win seasons and postseason appearances in 2009-10. The men’s soccer, volleyball and softball teams made their first trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament. “It had to take something special to get me away from Green Bay,” Bothof said. “NKU was certainly a place I saw as special…. Green Bay was 6,000 and NKU is around 16,000 students and I like that size better for D-I athletics…. The message President Vortruba and President Mearns were giving about moving the university forward with support for D-I athletics made it very appealing.” According to Bothof, he decided to pursue a career related to sports at a young age because he was heavily involved in sports growing up. Bothof was born in Worthington, Minn. “My parents encouraged me to get involved in several different ways,” Bothof said. “I saw the benefits I derived from participating — time management, discipline, mentorship from coaches and the encouragement they gave me to stay involved.” NKU’s women’s basketball Head Coach Dawn Plitzuweit used to work at Green Bay with Bothof for around six months. According to her, Bothof is a person of great character and integrity. “He gets along with just about everyone he interacts with,” Plitzuweit said. “He’s a very easy-going individual and gets along with people higher up in the university. The coaches who work under him and the athletes who end up performing well under his guidance and leadership. The athletes have a

great deal of respect for him.” Since starting in August, Bothof has been developing relationships on campus and within the local community, according to President Geoffrey Mearns. “Something that I really liked about his temperament, he has a great experience but carries himself with both a level of modesty and humility and he has a very good sense of humor,” Mearns said. “He’s the type of person I’d like to be around. Not only can he do the job, he’s someone I’d enjoy being with.”

“He has a great experience but carries himself with both a level of modesty and humility and he has a very good sense of humor,” -GEoffrEy MEarnS

When Bothof came to NKU, he was undertaking a new school, a new area of the country, a new conference and a different-sized university. “It is a big change that is both challenging and rewarding,” Bothof said. “It’s great in that you’re meeting new people within the university, athletic department and community… You start to recognize the dreams and aspirations for this department and university. In my first 60 days here, I have tried to do that as much as possible.” Bothof said his favorite part about being an athletic director is interacting with the student athletes, because of their energy and excitement they bring to campus. According to Mearns, Bothof has developed relationships quickly on and off campus. Mearns said Bothof does it in a way that “endears himself to the athletes, coaches and fans.” Since Mearns and Bothof were both athletes, Mearns commented on how the two would compete against each other. “He would definitely win one-onone in basketball,” Mearns joked. “I don’t know how tall he is, must be 6’3” or 6’4”, so he’d have not only a height advantage but probably a quickness advantage. If I have to pick one sport to compete against him in, I hope it’s not basketball or baseball. I would take him on in a 10 mile road race. I think I’d may be able to take him in that. Or maybe ping pong.”

photo courtESy of KEn Bothof

Ken Bothof, new athletic director, catching a fish on a fly-fishing expedition.

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